Fb launched one other protection of its subsidiary Instagram Sunday, insisting that the favored photo-sharing app makes teen ladies really feel higher about themselves.
The corporate’s rebuttal comes after a damning investigation discovered that Fb knew of the platform’s poisonous affect on younger folks — and failed to repair it.
In a weblog publish printed Sunday night, Fb’s vice chairman of analysis Pratiti Raychoudhury responded to the Wall Road Journal investigation that discovered, amongst different issues, that Fb’s inside analysis had proven the app makes “physique picture points worse for one in three teen ladies.”
Raychoudhury didn’t confront most of the Journal’s assertions, together with that teenagers stated they really feel hooked on Instagram.
As a substitute, she argued that the Journal’s characterization of Fb’s findings on how Instagram impacts physique picture points in teen ladies was with out context and “merely not correct” — regardless that the report quoted immediately from a leaked inside doc.
“The analysis really demonstrated that many teenagers we heard from really feel that utilizing Instagram helps them when they’re combating the sorts of arduous moments and points youngsters have all the time confronted,” Raychoudhury wrote.
The interior report cited by the Journal coated 12 areas, together with loneliness, nervousness, disappointment and consuming points, Raychoudhury stated, including that, “physique picture was the one space the place teen ladies who reported combating the problem stated Instagram made it worse.”
Even in the case of physique picture, she claimed, “nearly all of teenage ladies who skilled physique picture points nonetheless reported Instagram both made it higher or had no affect.”
Raychoudhury went on to criticize Fb’s personal inside analysis, saying that a few of it was primarily based “on enter from solely 40 teenagers.”
Nonetheless, Fb has used the interior analysis reported by the Journal to “inform modifications to our apps and supply assets for the individuals who use them,” Raychoudhury famous.
The net rebuttal comes days earlier than Fb’s world head of security, Antigone Davis, is anticipated to seem earlier than the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Thursday. She’s anticipated to face questions concerning the findings of the Journal investigation in addition to about Fb’s plans for an “Instagram for youths.”